This is now the third story I’ve written on the Deshaun Watson trade, but I consider this to be the most important of the three. The Cleveland Browns not only traded for a player with 22 accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior, but they rewarded him on top of that with the largest guaranteed contract in […]
Joe Banner is a former front office executive for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns who was last in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons as a consultant in 2015. While in the NFL, Banner was a part of an Eagles franchise that made a Super Bowl and played in four NFC Championship Games.
Raised in Massachusetts, Banner studied economics at Denison University. He spent a semester interning at WCAU 1210 AM radio in Philadelphia, where he would eventually be hired as a sports reporter and producer. He later left WCAU to open a chain of clothing stores and became a Co-Charman of the Board for a national non-profit called City Year-Greater Philadelphia chapter.
Banner got into football in 1994 when he was hired by Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. He rose through the ranks quickly and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1996 and to Executive Vice President in 1997. Banner held that position until 2012 when he became the Strategic Advisor to Lurie.
In 2012, Banner joined an ownership group that was interested in buying the Cleveland Browns. In October of 2012, Banner was named the Browns CEO by owner Jimmy Haslam. He left the organization in the spring of 2014. In December of 2014, Banner joined the Atlanta Falcons as a consultant.
Last Tuesday, I released a story detailing the potential suitors for Deshaun Watson and the criteria that must be met for any team to pursue him. I indicated that the Eagles were the most likely team to acquire the Texans QB with the Panthers right behind them. To refresh your memory, here were the four […]
Entering the legal tampering period on Monday, teams had over $700M in combined cap space to work with, and this doesn’t even include cash budgets or restructure potential. Coupled with a 14% increase in the cap, there were reasons to think teams would be spendthrift, leading to more player-friendly deals. Through one day of free […]
The AFC West is an exceptionally strong division with young QBs that will be performing at a very high level for many years. The Denver Broncos were therefore in a uniquely challenging spot because their roster is strong, but they didn’t have a chance to compete in their division without a quality QB. This gave […]
In 2009, we signed Michael Vick after he was incarcerated for 21 months and suspended by the league. Prior to doing so, we had two criteria that needed to happen for us to be open to making a deal with Vick: First, he needed to have paid for crimes, which he did through serving time […]
On Monday morning, Kyler Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, released a statement on social media discussing the contract extension proposal they sent to the Cardinals. According to Burkhardt, the proposal “provides financial protection in line with the current QB market” and lowers Murray’s cap hits for the next two seasons. Clearly, Murray wants an extension and […]
As each NFL season comes and goes, there are always takeaways to learn from not only on the field but in the front office as well. The time between the Super Bowl and the start of free agency is a meaningful time to reflect and prepare for the upcoming improvements each team will look to […]
Play calling was a crucial factor in determining the winner of Super Bowl LVI. Despite passing the ball far more efficiently than running it, Sean McVay’s persistence with the run game nearly cost the Rams the game. Passing 11 out of 15 times on the game-winning drive ultimately saved LA, but the earlier strategic blunders […]
Though mistaken calls by the refs garner all the criticism, missing calls can dictate the game just as much. There’s an assumption that the refs “letting the players play” and not calling penalties means that they are not having an impact on game. Yet, this is a false notion — it occurs in every Super […]